Brewed by Nøgne Ø (Hansa Borg)
Style: Imperial Stout
Grimstad, Norway
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 1726   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
We think the Russian tsar would have liked his stout this way. A dark, rich ale in which a generous sweetness with roasted malt bitterness. Serving temp.10°C/50°F. Great with vanilla ice cream or dark chocolate.

Ingredients: Maris Otter, Munich, roasted barley, oat, black, and chocolate malt; Columbus and Crystal hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.

23°P,75 IBU, 9% ABV.

Imperial Stout fra Nøgne Ø er en tett og helt svart ale med stor fyldighet. Smaken domineres av kaffe, sjokolade, lær og tørket frukt. Vi synes den passer bra til mørk sjokolade og kraftige desserter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2007
16.9 oz. bottle. Pours an opaque black with a dark, luscious chocolate brown head. Really looks sumptuous in the glass. The aroma was surprisingly light to me with notes of roasted malt and chocolate. I thought the flavor was a bit light as well with roasted malt, bitter chocolate, a little bit of tobacco, and just a hint of bacon. The alcohol was well hidden. Dense and full-bodied. I was expecting more flavor, but still a very solid stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thepilferer (31) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Looks amazing, pouring thick black with a thin brown head. Hard to judge aroma right now for me as I’ve got a little bit of a cold, but I definitely picked up roasted malt (shocking!), chocolate, slight vanilla, barely any hint of the 9%abv. Taste was similar to aroma, except much stronger, and with a bit of cherry and other fruit leading to a slight hoppiness. Palate was nice and thick, and well carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Barley69 (26) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Wheres the smoke? I get a ton of smoky flavors and smallest reminder of a good rauchbier. - totally black in color and a really nice smooth mouthfeel. - this is a really nice beer. who woulda thought - Norway?. This is the only beer I have ever had from Norway - good for them

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2007
bottle...pours pretty black with a tan head....aroma of chocolate malt and alcohol....flavors of a nicely carbonated chocolate stout with stong malt notes....not unique but a solid imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark black color with a very nice dark tan head on top. The head on this beer is very slowly dissipating. Looks like an amazing beer! Aroma is full of roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, and licorice. Flavor is very similar to the aroma with roasted malt flavor hitting the tongue mixed with a semi-sweet dark chocolate flavor, Hints of hops come in mid-flavor giving a slight citrus taste. On the palate the beer is very thick and syrupy, this is definitely not a thin beer. Even though the finish of the beer is a little lacking this is still an excellent imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thornecb (5538) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Pours deep black into a snifter. Deep mocha conglomerate head with excellent retention. Anise, cinnamon and coffee aromas. Creamy with dark chocolate from front to back. Lasting semi-sweet chocolate and espresso finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2007
500 ml bottle

Thanks to Drew for picking up a bottle of this in exchange for some local Wisconsin beers. It’s pretty well done for an imperial stout. If the Dark Horizon is at least this good it might be worth the cost.

Aroma / Appearance - The deep black body swirled fluidly around the tulip glass. A one finger head the color of dark mahogany sat on top neither growing nor fading. Smoke, expresso and cooled chocolate brownies created a satisying collection of scents. The overall impression was sweet, dry and a bit chalky. It reminds me of slightly watered down one year old Expedition Stout.

Flavor / Palate - The hoppiness was a bit different than what I was expecting but was well balanced by the malty foundation. Smoke, licorice, ash, plums and dark chocolate melded into a cohesive mouthfeel. A lingering bitterness highlighted the finish. The whole experience was pleasing and solid. I did feel as if there were still a few tweaks that could be made to improve it; perhaps that is what they did with Dark Horizon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 25, 2007
500ml bottle. Batch 784 (I think - label is creased) bottled 060507, best by 060512. Jet black with a big brown head that lasts to the bottom of the glass. I mean big - 3"? Big, sweet, malt and fruit nose, some light chocolate and citrus. Bitter chocolate really comes out in the flavor, some dark fruit (plum and raisins). Very nice lace, thick and foamy to the end. Insanely drinkable, a lightly dry bittersweet cocoa finishes a lovely beer. Excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Pours black with a thin layer of tan head forming. Some roasted aromas with licorice and chocolate. Well roasted flavor with a full sweetness right from the start. A very nice stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Luckily I brought 2 of these with me from MN as I really like this beer. Lots of Molasses and chocolate with some syrupy, thick espresso tossed in. I hate an Impy that is thin and this one is far from thjat realm. Thick and chewy as we like to say. A very good Impy.

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